Interview with Sheriff James Clark
QUESTION 27
INTERVIEWER:

CAN YOU JUST BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE DAY YOU ARRESTED AMELIA BOYNTON. JUST—'CAUSE OFTEN NOW IT'S CREDITED, THAT INCIDENT IS CREDITED WITH BRINGING THE BLACK COMMUNITY TOGETHER BEHIND, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE OF HOW MRS. BOYNTON WAS HANDLED. SO, CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT HAPPENED THAT DAY?

Sheriff James Clark:

She led the group to the court—Amelia Boynton led the group to the courthouse and directed them to come inside, and to take over the offices, and to urinate on top of the desks, and throw the books on the floor. And she was the one that was telling them what to do and how to do and, I went out, and tried to persuade her to leave the premises and she would not. And I laid my hand on her shoulder to indicate that I was putting her under arrest, and told her she was under arrest and they—she started trying to run from out from under my hand, and screaming, where are the cameras, where are the cameras, take my picture, take my picture. And so I, to quiet things down, and since she was a leader, well, I was forced to arrest her.